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agog

[uh-gog] /əˈgɒg/
adjective
1.
highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation, etc.
adverb
2.
in a state of eager desire; excitedly.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; variant of on gog (in phrase set on gog rouse, stir up) < Middle French en gogues; see à gogo
Synonyms
1. awestruck, enthralled.

-agog

1.
variant of -agogue.
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  • Nearly everyone is agog these days at the wonders of the electronic computer.
British Dictionary definitions for agog

agog

/əˈɡɒɡ/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) highly impatient, eager, or curious
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Old French en gogues in merriments, origin unknown
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Contemporary definitions for agog
adverb

full of excitement or interest; eager, keen

Word Origin

Old French en gogues 'in mirth'

Usage Note

used with on, upon, for, with, about

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Word Origin and History for agog
adj., adv.

"in a state of desire; in a state of imagination; heated with the notion of some enjoyment; longing" [Johnson], c.1400, perhaps from Old French en gogues "in jest, good humor, joyfulness," from gogue "fun," of unknown origin.

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